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Birmingham City University is a professional university, which provides vocational programs taught using applied teaching methods. We welcome international students who wish to enhance their career prospects and provide a full range of support and guidance services to enable you to optimize your potential. Studying at the University you will learn from first-rate teaching staff, have the pick of a vast selection of courses and get to live within a vibrant, multicultural environment that's just a few miles away from the exciting city centre of Birmingham.
Our innovative teaching methods, ground-breaking research and industry collaborations are backed by almost 40 professional accreditations. Providing you with an education that not only works in the classroom, but in the real world for when you graduate. You’ll share your university with 24,000 students from over 80 different countries. By coming to Birmingham City University on a study abroad programme you’ll be able to embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Birmingham City University is situated in the heart of Birmingham which lies in the heart of England. We are right at the centre of the exhilarating cultural, social, economic and physical changes that are transforming our city for the future. Birmingham is the second-largest city in the UK and only about an hour journey to central London, so many experiences are always nearby.
This flagship main campus at the heart of Birmingham’s fast-developing Eastside district, and just a short walk from the city centre, is where most students on Design, Media, Acting, Engineering, Computing, Built Environment, Law, Social Sciences, Business and English courses are based. The campus also features library, IT and student support facilities, together with a base for our Students’ Union, which incorporates the Grade II listed Eagle and Ball pub. Our facilities are located alongside Eastside City Park – the first new urban park in Birmingham for over 130 years, which provides a superb space for relaxing in summer as well as a venue for events and activities.
The University makes available the whole range of its introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses to visiting students with appropriate preparation. As is normal in England, all degrees are three year degrees, so SDSU considers upper-division to be Year 2 (Level 5) and beyond.
Theatre/Drama students: The BCU theatre program is well respected, but given the conservatory program structure visiting students may only take First-Year modules/classes during the Fall term and therefore receive lower-division credit at SDSU.
All courses are taught in English.
Semester 1: Mid September to Late December
Semester 2: Late January to Early June
See BCU Semester Dates webpage for more specific calendar; all visiting students will receive more details upon acceptance.
Available Subjects and Modules/Classes
Download the study abroad brochure on the BCU Incoming Students webpage for list of subjects available. Students will indicate what primary subject they wish to study at BCU on their application and a faculty member will advise on what modules/classes would be available and most appropriate.
One 15 credit (7.5 ECTS) BCU module is equivalent to 3.7 SDSU semester units. Students are required to enroll in a total of 60 BCU credits (30 ECTS), which may be 3 or 4 modulates/classes.
Note: At Birmingham City University, SDSU considers Level 5+ (Year 2+) modules/classes as upper-division.
Housing and Meals
We ensure that everyone feels right at home here in Birmingham with accommodation options for international students, a meet and greet service at Birmingham Airport and our Student Affairs team make it a priority for you to move countries as easy as possible.
Exchange students who apply in time are guaranteed a place in university housing. All of our halls of residence across the city offer shared kitchen and living areas, laundry facilities, free wi-fi and common rooms. There is very good and reliable public transport to take you from your accommodation to the city centre. Most visiting students live in the Oscott Gardens residence hall and is only minutes away from the main campus; other residence halls may be available depending on room availability. See the Birmingham City University Accommodation pages for more details.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months) are not required to apply for a visa. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months) are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. Please see the UK Border Agency website for more details and instructions.